How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

10 Steps to Prepare Your Landscape for Fresh Mulch

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You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)

Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

How to Properly Manage Your Irrigation System

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When using your irrigation system, the most important point is to know your system and the amount of water it puts out, says Zalewski. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Olga T. of Dallas)
When using your irrigation system, the most important point is to know your system and the amount of water it puts out, says Zalewski. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Olga T. of Dallas)

Do you set your irrigation system and then forget it? One highly rated provider explains the science behind watering your lawns and plants and why it matters.

Lawn Mower Repair

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Cut costs, grass: Race to tune up, repair your lawn mower in fall

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Taking care of your lawn mower at season's end makes for an easier start to spring. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte-area lawn mower enthusiasts tweak their riders for fall races, but homeowners can also benefit from cheaper lawn mower maintenance in the off-season.

Teen learns valuable lessons operating lawn care, mower maintenance business

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Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)
Lukas has had to recruit family and friends to help with the yardwork portion of his business. (Photo by Sandy Moreland)

Lukas Moreland started his lawn care and lawn mower maintence business when he was just 14. Find out what motivates him to keep the business going.

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Leaf Removal Service

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

Hire landscaping pros for leaf removal

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A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)
A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)

Save time and avoid aches and pains by hiring a professional to clean up your landscape by removing leaves and lawn debris.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

10 Steps to Prepare Your Landscape for Fresh Mulch

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You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)
You should check your mulch for compaction about once a month, says McWilliams. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Robert P. of Boston)

Before you put down fresh mulch around your plants, there are a few steps to take. One highly rated provider shares 10 steps to prepare for fresh mulch.

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

Give your yard a mulch makeover

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Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.
Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.

Have you ever wondered what is in mulch, or how much mulch to buy? Angie's List spoke to McCarty Mulch & Stone of Indianapolis about the different types of mulch, avoiding the mulch volcano and whether you should buy mulch by the bag or the yard.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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Tree Service

Charlotte Prepper Store Supplies Emergency Goods for Hurricane Season and More

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Removing dead branches or trees before a storm arrives can protect your home from damage. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David S.)

Retail outlet rises on wave of survivalist culture, but sells much of its stock to homeowners preparing severe weather and power outages.

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

ComEd warns Chicago-area residents beware of utillity bill phone scams

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Illinois utility companies must give homeowners eight days advance notice before shutting off their electricity or other services. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Loretta B.)

Scammers have been threatening to shut off power to ComEd customers unless they pay their electric bill immediately over the phone with a gift or cash card.

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Greenhouses

Will Chicago's harsh winter affect landscapes long term?

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Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)
Chrysanthemum, bulbs, trees and shrubs are ideal plantings for autumn in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ronnie Y.)

Illinois' brutal winter weather and wet spring devastated gardens across Chicago. But landscapers say the plant damage is done, and fall plantings could thrive. Tips to help them weather the next season.

3 tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden for Mid-Atlantic, D.C. native gardens

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National Garden in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The National Garden showcases local plants and flowers to inspire residents to choose native vegetation for their own landscaping projects. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The U.S. Botanic Garden provides Washington-area residents with a local garden that showcases the best regional and native plants for D.C. in their own habitat.

Sample Washington neighborhoods at a year-round D.C. farmers market

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Eastern Market D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is open year-round and offers crafts as well as seasonal produce. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Year-round farmers markets keep D.C.

Add flair to holiday decorating with orchids

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The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)
The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)

Once exclusive high-priced plants, orchids are popular for holiday decorating and are now affordable for even the most casual flower enthusiast.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Service

6 Tips for Seeding Your Lawn

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September to October is the ideal time to seed your lawn, says Hildreth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lindsey S. of Virginia Beach, Va.)
September to October is the ideal time to seed your lawn, says Hildreth. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lindsey S. of Virginia Beach, Va.)

Fall is the time to seed your lawn for lush grass next year. Here are the top tips you need to know to grow an award-winning lawn for next season.

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Why you don't own your D.C. front yard or have control over its fence

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Washington, D.C., has strict guidelines for your front yard and the fences and gates that surround it. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Be careful when replacing or installing a front yard fence in D.C. because the city has strict rules for that space, which turns out you don't actually own.

How to Properly Manage Your Irrigation System

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When using your irrigation system, the most important point is to know your system and the amount of water it puts out, says Zalewski. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Olga T. of Dallas)
When using your irrigation system, the most important point is to know your system and the amount of water it puts out, says Zalewski. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Olga T. of Dallas)

Do you set your irrigation system and then forget it? One highly rated provider explains the science behind watering your lawns and plants and why it matters.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

How much does it cost to install a sprinkler system?

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Sprinkler systems can boost curb appeal by keeping grass healthy and lush. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter S. of Ridgeland, Miss.)

Do you spend too much time watering your lawn? Get tips and find out how much it costs to install a professional irrigation system on your property.

Growing grass in Florida? Water restrictions claim formerly lush lawns

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This Tampa-area lawn required a complete replacement with new sod. (Photo courtesy of member Scott O. of Clearwater, Fla.)

Healthy turf in Florida requires water and TLC to prevent dying grass. Drought-induced water restrictions make yards with no grass less expensive than lawns.

Stop watering the driveway! 8 ways to fine-tune your irrigation system

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Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)
Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)

How to fine-tune your lawn irrigation system to keep plants and grass thriving, and conserve water through proper watering techniques

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Paving Contractor

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

10 Reasons Pavers Are the Perfect Upgrade for Your Landscape

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All you need to do to keep paving stones looking great is sweep and wash with water, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)
All you need to do to keep paving stones looking great is sweep and wash with water, says Starr. (Photo courtesy of Go Pavers)

Thinking of making the move to pavers in your driveway or landscape? One highly rated provider shares 10 reasons why this change can be a great one.

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

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Lawn Treatment

How to Care for Your Chicago Lawn This Fall

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Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)
Proper lawn care in the fall is essential to the overall health of yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David M.)

Is it too late to put down grass seed this year? How high should you mow the lawn in fall? Should you rake leaves or leave them? A Chicago landscaper answers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Reveals Weed Problem in Latest Campaign Ad

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn cuts the grass in the front yard of his Chicago home in his latest campaign ad. (Photo courtesy Pat Quinn for Illinois)

Dandelions and other unsightly weeds are ruining the appearance of the Illinois governor's Chicago lawn. We've got grass tips he can use get it under control.

For healthy lawn, Charlotte soil may require more than aeration

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Aerating and seeding lawns are key to keeping grass healthy in the cooler months. (Photo courtesy of Tracy Frameli)

Getting grass to grow in Carolina red clay may require top dressing after aerating, seeding lawn, say landscape experts

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

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Landscape Lighting

3 Safety Tips for Fanning the Flames in Your Fire Pit This Fall

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Experts recommend firepit walls be 18 to 20 inches high for safety (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M.)

Before you gather around the outdoor fireplace this fall, make sure your fire pit is safe and nearby buildings, trees aren't in danger of becoming accidental fire wood.

Charlotte Yard Art Day is a chance to look at lawn, landscape in a new way

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Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)
Charlotte's Yard Art Day invites residents to use their landscape as art, or as a gallery, for others to enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Triplett)

Charlotte homeowners can celebrate creativity outdoors using their yard as an art gallery or by employing artistic ideas into their landscaping and lawn care.

Landscaper helps create a modern Zen garden oasis in suburban Chicago

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John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)
John and Heather Ballack of New Lenox, Illinois wanted simple, clean lines and natural elements for their modern landscape design. (Photo courtesy of the Ballacks)

Talk about relaxing outdoors! An architect near Chicago adds a Japanese garden and patio, matching the Zen-like landscaping to the home's modern interior design.

Landscaping costs how much? Charlotte landscaper digs up 3 discount tips

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If you're willing to work a little, you can trim a lot of costs from an outdoor landscaping project. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Daniel T.)

By using your own muscle and doing some yard prep work, you can save money on outdoor home improvement projects involving decks, patios, plants and landscaping.

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